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  • Comfort, Comfort My People

    Contributed by Richard Futrell on Dec 13, 2010
    based on 2 ratings
     | 2,167 views

    “All flesh is grass,” proclaims the Prophet. And like our flesh, the grass is not always coursing with life. Yet, God has promised through His Son, Jesus Christ: “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of My h

    Intro “All flesh is grass,” proclaims the Prophet. And like our flesh, the grass is not always coursing with life. When we see a field of grass, we see areas of green beauty, but we also see many brown and brittle blades. We see grass withered and wasted away by the sun’s ...read more

  • Springtime, Even Amid The Winter Of Your Sins

    Contributed by Richard Futrell on Dec 6, 2010
     | 1,819 views

    . Today--despite what your eyes of experience tell you--our Lord Jesus Christ tells us to see a hidden reality with our eyes of faith.

    Intro Rejoice, O royal priesthood! Lift your heads, O saints of God! Look and see that your Salvation is coming. Be no longer downcast and disheartened. Today--despite what your eyes of experience tell you--our Lord Jesus Christ tells us to see a hidden reality with our eyes of faith. ...read more

  • Following Christ To The Cross And Resurrection

    Contributed by Richard Futrell on Nov 25, 2010
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,391 views

    Where then can we turn when our possessions do not satisfy, our politicians fail us, our presents get old, and passions whither into pain? Where can we turn? We can turn only to the God of our salvation.

    Intro They are nearly gone. The leaves, that is. Rich in the green of spring, they are even more stunning in autumn: gold, auburn, red as if on fire. Then follows the falling leaves and the blowing wind. Finally, only the muted-brown pallor of death remains. This death is followed by cold, ...read more

  • Glorifying God, Even Into Eternity

    Contributed by Richard Futrell on Nov 16, 2010
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,642 views

    We exist to glorify God. But what does it mean to glorify God?

    Intro Creation exists to glorify God. We exist to glorify God. The purpose of our life is to glorify God. The purpose of all you do is to glorify God. And the purpose of the Church is to glorify God. But what does it mean to glorify God? First, God wants to be glorified by your salvation. ...read more

  • End-Times Living

    Contributed by Richard Futrell on Nov 11, 2010
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,031 views

    End-times living won’t be easy. Jesus doesn’t promise that it will be. How can it? This universe is plummeting down to its death, and such death throes are never pleasant.

    Intro The end of the church year draws near. With the end of the church year comes preaching of the end: the end of this creation, the coming of Jesus Christ, and the new creation on the Last Day. When Jesus comes on the Last Day, the world as we know it ends. That probably doesn’t cross ...read more

  • Remember

    Contributed by Richard Futrell on Nov 3, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 4,259 views

    On this Thanksgiving Eve, we gather to do what God urged Israel to do--to remember. We gather to remember what our Lord has done for us. We gather to remember and give Him thanks.

    Intro The Israelites spent four decades wandering through the Sinai Peninsula. Finally, they arrive on the outskirts of Canaan. They are on the verge of leaving a desert of scarcity and going into a land of plenty. Moses then warns the Israelites how easily they could forget the goodness of ...read more

  • Saints On Earth And Saints In Heaven

    Contributed by Richard Futrell on Nov 2, 2010
    based on 2 ratings
     | 3,088 views

    It’s All Saints’ Sunday. This is the Sunday when we are reminded, once more, that our God is not a God of the dead but the living. Today, we remember that Christ’s Church not only includes the saints on earth but also the saints in heaven.

    Intro It’s All Saints’ Sunday. This is the Sunday when we are reminded, once more, that our God is not a God of the dead but the living. Today, we recognize that those who have died in Christ are not dead but alive! Today, we remember that Christ’s Church not only includes the saints on earth ...read more

  • Does The Reformation Still Matter?

    Contributed by Richard Futrell on Oct 26, 2010
    based on 2 ratings
     | 3,263 views

    After 500 years, does the Reformation still matter? After all, a recent poll showed that over half of American Protestants didn’t even know that Martin Luther’s writings and actions inspired the Reformation. And this was a multiple-choice question with

    Intro After 500 years, does the Reformation still matter? Do we still need a day every year to remind us of the Reformation? After all, a recent poll showed that over half of American Protestants didn’t even know that Martin Luther’s writings and actions inspired the Reformation. And this was a ...read more

  • Two Men, Two Prayers, And Two Faiths

    Contributed by Richard Futrell on Oct 21, 2010
    based on 6 ratings
     | 3,557 views

    At the Temple were two men, two prayers, and two faiths. One trusted in himself and his righteousness. He went home dead in his sin. The other humbly confessed his sin and believed in salvation outside himself. He went home justified by God’s grace.

    Intro At the Temple were two men, two prayers, and two faiths. The first man was a Pharisee. He’s the good guy. He’s respected. He’s forgotten more about the Scriptures than most of us can remember. He’s an example of how to live an upstanding life. Do as he says ...read more

  • Persistence In Prayer

    Contributed by Richard Futrell on Oct 12, 2010
    based on 6 ratings
     | 6,545 views

    In the Parable of the Persistent Widow, Jesus was training and preparing His disciples to “watch and pray.” Jesus was teaching His faithful about faith in Him, and the life of prayer, which flows from such faith.

    Intro Jesus told His disciples a parable that they should always pray and not lose heart. Jesus was training and preparing them for when they would no longer see Him walk the earth but would, instead, have to “watch and pray.” Jesus was teaching His faithful about faith in Him, and ...read more

  • Jesus: The Fulfillment Of Hanukkah

    Contributed by Richard Futrell on Oct 8, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 5,543 views

    In the middle of the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah), where the people remembered the Most Holy Place being reconsecrated, Jesus says He is consecrated and set apart by the Father just like the Most Holy Place and just like the Temple.

    Intro It is now winter. The fall harvest complete, the skies are now a darker hue, and the festivals are over. The Israelites have kept God’s ordained festivals and now the long, cold wet winter descends until the spring festivals begin. We can easily lose our focus on God during this ...read more

  • Living Under Two Trees

    Contributed by Richard Futrell on Oct 8, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,556 views

    We live under two trees. The first tree was one by which Satan conquered us. But the second tree was one by which Jesus conquered Satan for us. And because of that we live.

    Intro Satan is patient, stoking the power of evil that he believes is stronger than God. He devises a scheme and becomes one with a snake. And there he waits. He will wait as long it takes to entrap and ensnare. And so he waits. He waits for Eve to walk past the Tree of the Knowledge of Good ...read more

  • God Serves Us Even In Eternity

    Contributed by Richard Futrell on Oct 8, 2010
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,504 views

    We live as those who keep our lamps lighted--our lamp of faith, fueled by the Holy Spirit whom God the Father has sent through His Son.

    Intro Veiled underneath the noise and rancor of the new-year celebrations, a low thrumming makes itself known. It is a thrumming undercurrent of sad acceptance pervading the new-year festivities, a presence of wistfulness and nostalgia--and yes, even of muted sorrow. The year has fled and ...read more

  • The Christian In The Voting Booth

    Contributed by Richard Futrell on Oct 8, 2010
    based on 6 ratings
     | 4,690 views

    From a Christian worldview, we see voting as a divine gift that allows us to think the way God thinks, to act the way He acts.

    The book of Proverbs says, “Speak for those who have no voice, for the rights of the dispossessed” (Proverbs 31:8). The prophet Zechariah declared, “Dispense true justice, and show gracious love and compassion to each other” (Zechariah 7:9). St. Paul says to “do ...read more

  • A Virgin Will Conceive

    Contributed by Richard Futrell on Oct 8, 2010
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,126 views

    Like Ahaz before us, we don’t want a sign from God--at least a sign that leaves God running the show. What Ahaz did on the outside, we do on the inside. We like things just the way they are, if it leaves us in charge.

    Intro Isaiah’s prophecy of the Virgin giving birth was a sign against King Ahaz. It’s also a sign against us, all fallen humanity. Ahaz was a young Israelite man gone bad. He was of David’s line, but not of David’s faith. And he had become king of the Southern kingdom of Israel, Judah. Ahaz ...read more